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Who Should Win the 2014 Grammy Award for Album of the Year? – Readers Poll

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The nominees for Album of the Year at the 2014 Grammy Awards come from multiple genres, including pop, rap and country. The contenders are Sara Bareilles‘ ‘The Blessed Unrest,’ Daft Punk‘s ‘Random Access Memories,’ Kendrick Lamar‘s ‘Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City,’ Macklemore + Ryan Lewis’ ‘The Heist’ and Taylor Swift‘s ‘Red.’

Sara Bareilles’ ‘The Blessed Unrest’ received mostly positive reviews, although its success was overshadowed by the over-the-top promotion of other pop albums. The singer released one of the most uplifting songs of the year, ‘Brave,’ so overall, this Grammy nod is well-deserved.

Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ garnered Grammy-buzz since it dropped last spring. The electronic music album quickly became one of the soundtracks of the summer. The duo received four other Grammy noms for the record and its lead single, ‘Get Lucky.’

Newcomer Kendrick Lamar proved he’s got a lot to say with ‘Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City.’ The album produced a slew of hip-hop hits, including ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’ and ‘Poetic Justice.’ With seven nominations, Kendrick has earned “one to watch” status for the 2014 Grammys.

One of the most exciting hip-hop acts to go big this year was Macklemore + Ryan Lewis. The duo released catchy hits like ‘Thrift Shop’ and ‘Can’t Hold Us,’ before dropping the marriage equality anthem ‘Same Love.’ The pair is nominated for seven Grammys, including Best New Artist.

Taylor Swift has been ‘Red’-hot this year! Her fourth studio album produced hit after hit, including ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ and ‘I Knew You Were Trouble.’ The singer followed up the release of ‘Red’ with a massive world tour and is already talking about her next album. Whew!

Who do you think should win Album of the Year? You can vote for your favorite once an hour until the polls close at 7:59PM ET on January 26, 2014.

Next: Read Our 2014 Grammy Predictions

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